George Lumsden

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George Lumsden

George Lumsden (12 March 1815 – 11 February 1904) was a 19th-century New Zealand politician.


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1875–1878 6th Invercargill Independent

Lumsden was born in Fife, Scotland, in 1815. He learned the trade of watchmaker from his uncle at Pittenweem. Lumsden and his wife Christina (née Anderson, married 1842) emigrated to Geelong, Australia, in 1858 on the Ravenseraig. He joined the gold rush in Ballarat, but returned to his watchmakers shop in Geelong. In 1861, they moved to Invercargill.[1]

He was Mayor of Invercargill in 1873–1874 and again in 1878–1879.[2] He represented the Invercargill electorate in Parliament from 1875 to 1878, when he resigned,[3] as absence from his jewellery shop was affecting his business.[1]

The Lumsdens had eight children. Their son Thomas James Lumsden was born in 1854.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Cyclopedia Company Limited (1905). "Ex-Mayors". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Otago & Southland Provincial Districts. Christchurch: The Cyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Mayors down the years". Invercargill City Council. Archived from the original on 9 August 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  3. ^ Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. p. 120.
Political offices
Preceded by
William Wood
Mayor of Invercargill
Succeeded by
Thomas Pratt
Preceded by
Joseph Hatch
Succeeded by
George Goodwillie
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
John Cuthbertson
Member of Parliament for Invercargill
Succeeded by
Henry Feldwick

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